Thacher Gallery Resource for Teachers

Rising shorelines. Queer identity. Black out migration. Print culture. Environmental theology. The Iraq War. Native Californians. Geometry. These are just a handful of the topics explored in recent exhibitions at the Thacher Gallery and Kalmanovitz Hall Sculpture Terrace. For each of these, dozens of classes joined in the conversation through tours, assignments, and special programs.

Now there’s a resource to assist you in identifying ways to use gallery exhibitions for your specific class. Based on our collaborations with inspiring faculty, we’ve compiled a resource to help more teachers and their students take advantage of our annual exhibitions. Created by Gallery Manager Nell Herbert, this resource presents the kinds of teaching approaches possible in the gallery as well as assignment examples from USF faculty.

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Art in the gallery can be used as:

  1. Tools for visual literacy and analysis
  2. Models for mathematics, physics, and chemistry
  3. Visual aids to assist with thematic conversations ranging from the environment to identity
  4. Primary texts to study history and contemporary issues
  5. Prompts for free writing responses, public speaking assignments, and conversations in language studies
  6. Props to study pattern and chaos
  7. Springboards for debate
  8. Examples of rhetorical strategies
  9. Inspiration for creative responses in all of the arts, from poetry to dance
  10. Focal points for spiritual contemplation and self-reflection

For those interested in incorporating the gallery into your fall syllabus, please note that we will present Something from Nothing: Art and Handcrafted Objects from America’s Concentration Camps. Marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, this exhibition tells the story of disrupted lives, and the resourceful ways in which the detainees survived bleak, unjust conditions by using available materials to recreate and preserve home, tradition, and community.

To schedule a group in the gallery or to discuss your ideas, contact Nell Herbert, ncherbert@usfca.edu or Glori Simmons, simmons@usfca.edu.